Health & Wellness
Meet our Instructors
From: Grand Haven,MI
Degree: BS in Recreation management, Minor in Journalism from Western Michigan University
Certifications: AFAA, USA Track and Field certified coach and official, ACE PaddleFit, American Red Cross Lifeguard
Favorite Class to take: Fitness on a Stand up Paddleboard
Favorite to teach: Framework: It focuses on alignment and functional fitness using all sorts of equipment from kettle bells, weighted balls, Bosu, you name it!
Interesting fact: I am the first PaddleFit certified stand up paddle board instructor in the state. In the summer I work for a Board Sports shop teaching people to stand up paddle. I have managed to get every single person up on a board and paddling!
From: Cedar Springs, MI
Degree: Business Administration and Liberal Arts & Sciences
Certifications: Certified AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, Licensed Zumba® Fitness Instructor, Certified WERQ Instructor, CPR Certified
Favorite class to take/teach: Zumba and WERQ
Interesting fact: Licensed to teach the following Zumba® specialties: ZumbAtomic®, Zumba® Toning, Zumba® Gold, Zumba® Sentao
Hometown: Flint, MI
Degree: BBA-Finance, University of Michigan
Certifications: 200 hour Yoga certification, 102 hour Pilates Certification
Favorite Class to take/teach: Yoga Flow
Interesting Fact: I've been married to my high school sweetheart since 1991
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Degree: I will graduate in April with a BS in Clinical Exercise Science from Grand Valley
Certifications: Currently I am CPR/First Aid Certified, and I will be WSI certified and NSCA-CSCS at the end of the Winter 2013 semester.
Favorite Class to take/teach: Fitcamp! :)
Interesting Fact: I'm the founder and Captain of the Women's Ultimate Frisbee team here at Grand Valley!
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Degree: BA Physical Education from Hope College/ MA Education Curriculum from Cornerstone University
Certifications: Yogafit 1 and 2, Certified Personal Trainer (ACE), Mat Pilates, Precision Cycling, Zumba 1,2 and Gold, Kickboxing, Qignition, Hip Hop Hustle.
Favorite class to take/teach: all of the above
Interesting Fact: Teaching and my children are the passions in my life
Hometown: Chelsea, MI
Degree: BS in Clinical Exercise Science, currently obtaining M.Ed. in Higher Education
Certifications: TRX certified, Maddog Spinning, First Aid, CPR/AED through American Red Cross
Favorite class to take/teach: I am so passionate about introducing TRX to everyone and will always continue to love teaching Spinning classes!
Interesting Fact: I have lived all over the country!
Hometown: Corunna, IN
Degree: Emily will receive her BS in Exercise Science-Health and Fitness Instruction
Certifications: SPIN certified instructor, CPR/First Aid
Favorite class to take/teach: SPIN
Interesting Fact: She loves how she is constantly challenged to motivate others in new ways and how helping them expands her own knowledge of the field
Hometown: Hartland, MI
Degree: Exercise Science
Certifications: ACSM-Certified Personal Trainer, YogaFit
Favorite Class to take/teach: Power Yoga
Interesting Fact: My favorite place to visit is Traverse City!
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Degree: BS Industrial Engineering; MA Human Resource Development; In April 2013- M Ed
Favorite Class to take/teach: Spinning of course!
Interesting Fact: I have about 1000 t-shirts (mostly vacation mementos and sports teams) :)
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Degree: BS Psychology, MS BioStatistics
Certifications: SPINNING Star 2, YogaFit level 1, AFAA Primary Group Exercise
Favorite Class to take/teach: SPINNING and Yoga
Interesting Fact: In addition to English, I speak Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay fluently.
Hometown: Madison Heights, MI
Degree: BS Biomedical Sciences(Microbiology emphasis), BS Exercise Science (Clinical Exercise Science Emphasis), Minor Biology
Certifications: ACSM Health Fitness Specialist, SPIN Certified
Favorite Class to take/teach: Spinning strength/interval rides, Small group circuit training
Interesting Fact: I've been bitten by a shark.
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Degree: BS Business Management
Certifications: AFAA, Zumba, Turbo Kick, PiYo, Hip Hop Hustle, Power Flex, Silver Sneakers, Heart Healthy
Favorite Class to take/teach: Everything!
Interesting Fact: I'm currently writing my book "Battling the Head-Battling the Bulge"
Hometown: Jenison, MI
Degree: Business Management-Davenport University
Certifications: CPR/AED and First Aid, Hoop Happy Hoop Healthy
Favorite class to take/teach: Fitness Hula Hooping
Interesting fact: I am the Training and Project Coordinator for Campus Dining.
Hometown: Spring Lake, MI
Degree: GVSU- BS Communications '88, MPA '00
Favorite class to take/teach: Bootcamp
Interesting Fact: I enjoy golfing, boating, LAKER sports, and Nascar!
Page last modified February 21, 2013